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Published on April 6th, 2020 | by gareth


Virtual Fan Expo Announced

This sounds interesting and well worth checking out.

As we continue to physically distance ourselves, hope is nearing for pop culture conventions. Giving fans a much-needed sense of community, Virtual Fan Expo makes its inaugural debut Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3 as a fun, inclusive and safe virtual Con celebrating fandom and pop culture.
Produced by entertainment leaders Collider, Legion M, Kaleidoko and XLEVELENT, VFE 2020 will replicate the Con experience down to an exhibitor floor via Auxxit, an innovative virtual marketplace, where attendees will have unparalleled ability to communicate with exhibitors and each other. The virtual convention floor will feature more than one hundred exhibitors and vendors offering the hottest merchandise typically found at well-known Cons and featuring VFE-exclusive items.
Other VFE 2020 highlights over the jam-packed weekend include:
  • Exciting panels and Q&As
  • Celebrity appearances including Joe Manganiello (“True Blood” and “Rampage”)
  • Interactive gaming rooms
  • Online happy hours
  • Cosplay “ball”
  • And much more that will be announced later this month and found at VirtualFanExpo.com

nprecedented shut-down of comic book and pop culture conventions
worldwide, and the financially affected communities and small businesses
associated with the multi-billion dollar industry, Virtual Fan Expo’s event
producer Virtual Expos LLC, in partnership with Kaleidoko, Experience Level
Entertainment, Legion M and Collider are joining forces with community and
commerce innovator Auxxit to deliver an innovative and seamless online
marketplace that will be at the centerpiece of VFE’s global debut on May

Set to provide a completely immersive, one-of-a-kind experience for
attendees and exhibitors to engage in an environment simulating what fans
love most about being on an exhibitor floor, VFE and Auxxit are elevating
the virtual Con experience by providing a mix of communication and
e-commerce functionality that creates an experience going beyond what any
in-person convention can provide: awesome pop culture and comic book
merchandise from exhibitors *anywhere*. In addition to exhibitor booths,
VFE will be utilizing Auxxit for its nightly happy hours where attendees
can communicate directly with one another to share their passions and
sponsors will coordinate timed merch drops and host auctions in real-time.

“When considering whether pulling Virtual Fan Expo together was worth the
time and energy, we knew immediately we had the key to success with Auxxit
as our commerce and community solution,” said Co-Founder and Director of
Kaleidoko and Virtual Expos LLC, Jonathan Tavss. “Auxxit is already
succeeding in melding passionate communities and commerce in a way that is
truly connected and meaningful, and their platform is ripe for unleashing
on a much larger passionate fanbase. We couldn’t be achieving our goals for
VFE without Auxxit’s participation.”

“Auxxit is excited to play an important role in bringing
together the fandom community for this innovative virtual event,” said CEO
of Auxxit, Vincent Arena. “Our expertise building mobile technology that
enables emotional connections between community members who want to
discuss, buy and sell items related to their shared passions is a natural
fit for VFE and the digital expo model.”

Besides providing an unparalleled opportunity for exhibitors and vendors to
showcase their merchandise during an unpredictable time in the marketplace,
VFE promises to be an integrated fan experience featuring exciting panels,
Q&A’s and celebrity appearances, including actor Joe Manganiello (“Magic
Mike*,*” “True Blood,” “Rampage”) and “Maltin on Movies” podcast co-hosts
Leonard and Jessie Maltin, as well as interactive gaming rooms, online
happy hours, and a cosplay “ball.”

More details will be announced soon. To stay informed about Virtual Fan
Expo, including panel and Q&A schedules, celebrity appearances, as well as
fan experience and exhibitor details, please visit VirtualFanExpo.com
<https://virtualfanexpo.com/>. Follow Virtual Fan Expo at
Facebook.com/virtualfanexpo <https://www.facebook.com/virtualfanexpo> and
Twitter/Instagram at @virtualfanexpo.


About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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